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Dairy Marketing Signals

Dairy Marketing Signals

Our longtime staff member and dairy risk management coordinator, Wayne Moore called after convention to offer his congratulations. He said he never thought he’d see the day when Farmer’s Union, Farm Bureau, Pete Hardin and the National Dairy Producers Organization would be strongly in support of…

Paul Olson President’s Message

Paul Olson President’s Message

I hope many of you were able to view our premier virtual convention on February 9 and 10. I would like to thank everyone involved in making this happen, especially, Perry Garner, Helene Bergren, Frank Alampi and Judy Krier. Our hats off to NFU for all of their assistance with our Zoom resolutions meeting on February 4.

Dairy Producers Should Say No to Co-op Block Voting Issues

Dairy Producers Should Say No to Co-op Block Voting Issues

At its 2021 virtual Convention February 9, the Dairy Division announced it favors congressional measures to eliminate bloc voting on USDA federal milk marketing referendums. It would help create a system where dairy producers can have direct input about their futures.

Dairy Awards

Dairy Awards

Three National Farmers dairy staff members were honored at Convene ’21. Last year, Pam Riesgraf led the renewal of producer certification and buyer contracts for non-GMO producers in Wisconsin. “We are honoring Pam today for the outstanding job she did bringing on new organic producers in the states of…

Convene Livestock

Convene Livestock

For cattle producers, 2020 started optimistically, after the fall 2019 Tyson plant fire in Kansas that blasted prices through that fall. “Then the market started trending up a little to start the year 2020,” said National Farmers Livestock Director Pat Lampert in Livestock’s Virtual Convene ’21 workshop. But as it turned out…

Past Staffers Pass Away

Past Staffers Pass Away

Jim Buelow, former dairy marketing director in the Northeast for National Farmers Organization passed away Dec. 16 in Schenectady, New York. His career in the dairy industry spans more than 35 years. He was the owner operator of a dairy farm in the Northeast from 1966 to 1987. He joined National Farmers Organization as…

Grain Division Convene

Grain Division Convene

The Grain Division presentation Feb. 10 to Virtual Convene ’21 viewers brought insights about conventional and organic grain marketing programs at National Farmers, and about National Farmers Crop Insurance choices for 2021. For the Grain Marketing Plus World of Marketing presentation, Theresa Seiler, grain marketing…

Convene ’21 Goes Virtual

Convene ’21 Goes Virtual

For the first time in its history, a National Farmers in-person convention has been cancelled, and replaced with a virtual meeting. “The uncertainties of COVID-19 have impacted the world, and our national board members recognize they must put the health and safety of our members at the forefront. Therefore, they voted unanimously…

Cattle Marketing Signals

Cattle Marketing Signals

Remember the last time you took your kid on a trip and they asked: Are we there yet? That’s the question cattle producers have been asking about markets, and the answer is: Not quite, but we’re getting closer every day.

Grain Marketing Signals

Grain Marketing Signals

Prices are at three year highs for soybeans and wheat, levels not seen since 2014-15. Cash values at the U.S. Gulf are near $12 per bu. for soybeans, $5.40 per bu. for corn, and $7.40 per bu. for wheat. Exporters are also scrambling.

Dairy Marketing Signals

Dairy Marketing Signals

I hope everyone has a chance to look at our new National Farmers Dairy Policy Adviser site (www.nfdpa.com). You’ll find all you need there to understand and explain our program to restore opportunities and prosperity for America’s smaller dairy farms.

President’s Message

President’s Message

While on our Sept. 23 conference call with the Board of Directors, a decision was made not to have an in-person national convention in February next year, because of COVID-19. This was not an easy decision, but after much discussion, everyone felt the safety of our members and staff had to be our top priority.

Dairy Producers Should Say No to Co-op Bloc Voting Issues

Dairy Producers Should Say No to Co-op Bloc Voting Issues

Last fall, the American Farm Bureau Federation issued their proposals for changing the Federal Milk Marketing Orders. I am sure many people wondered why they included the elimination of bloc voting as one of their proposals. I want to commend the AFBF for their forethought to realize this may very well be…

Saving Family Dairy Farms Benefits Everyone

Saving Family Dairy Farms Benefits Everyone

The site is dedicated to delivering the latest information about America’s dairy industry structure, as well as commentary on issues impacting dairy farmers. An example of documents about the site include: National Farmers’ Dairy Farm Structure Management Plan,

Manchester Marketing

Manchester Marketing

In eastern Iowa, National Farmers cattle marketing attracts ag producers to its programs like a magnet grabs nails. Just a few years ago, the then-new Farley Livestock Marketing Center staff looked out onto a line of semis and pickups pulling cattle trailers. Cattle producers from the surrounding area wanted in on the risk management action.

Market Information Key to Minimize Buyer Price Undercutting

Market Information Key to Minimize Buyer Price Undercutting

In organic markets, we have seen the 2019 poor-quality crops lead to poor 2020 prices, but the floor may be here. Some buyers have told me they were covered with their grain needs this year, only to call a month later needing grain immediately. This is somewhat understandable, because 2019 poor test weight corn was consumed…

Convene ’21 Set For the Quad Cities, Iowa Feb. 9-10

Convene ’21 Set For the Quad Cities, Iowa Feb. 9-10

The Isle Hotel & Casino in the Quad Cities, Iowa, is scheduled for National Farmers winter meeting next February. “COVID-19 has thrown a monkey wrench into our meeting plans, because of the unknowns,” said National Farmers Director of Communications Perry Garner.

Pacific Northwest Dairy Producers Choose National Farmers

Pacific Northwest Dairy Producers Choose National Farmers

Farmers help farmers. That’s the standard, the ag ethic, in fact. Because of that, in January, when National Farmers leaders saw an opportunity to help Pacific Northwest Organic Valley dairy farmers, they proposed handling their milk.

Northern Grain Region Has New Marketing Representative

Northern Grain Region Has New Marketing Representative

Steve Armour, a former grain marketing staff member who left National Farmers in 2010, has been named the independent contract marketer for members in the organization’s North Grain Region. Members in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota…

President’s Message

President’s Message

While we all continue to live in a world of uncertainty and overabundance of bad news, I would like to switch gears and talk about some of the positive things that enhance the goals of National Farmers Organization.

Market Change Presents New Opportunities

Market Change Presents New Opportunities

When I began working for National Farmers in 1972, we were uniting most local bargaining groups into a nationally coordinated structure. Going national gave us the clout we needed to impact dairy price levels positively for…

Marketing Opportunities Will Exist During Rallies

Marketing Opportunities Will Exist During Rallies

The year’s corn and soybean crop sizes are substantial and developed faster than normal. Throughout the growing season, crop conditions have seemed to improve. The saying rain makes grain is true, and there has been plenty of…

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